Dental Bridges and Crowns
Dental Bridges and Crowns in Evansville
Dental Associates West offers several options for replacing or repairing teeth, and two of the most common solutions are dental crowns and bridges.
Crowns, also known as caps, are made to fit over an existing tooth, then dental bridges fill gaps where teeth are missing and are comprised of two crowns, with a prosthetic tooth in between that fits snugly against the gum.
Bridges, dental caps and crowns used to be made from gold and other metals, and while those are still available options, most patients prefer the look and feel of porcelain dental crowns, of which there are two types:
All-porcelain/ceramic – The finish of this material mimics the look of real teeth, so it’s the best choice for dental crowns on front teeth. It can withstand wear, but grinding teeth while asleep or eating hard foods could cause porcelain to crack.
Porcelain fused to metal – This material combines the aesthetic appeal of porcelain with the durability of an underlying metal, so it’s commonly used on dental crowns and bridges made for molars. The underlying metal compromises some of the translucency of the porcelain, but that effect is unnoticeable when this material is used to repair rearmost teeth.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
The process of preparing teeth for dental crowns and bridges takes time, so patients are usually scheduled for a minimum of two appointments.
To ensure a crown will fit comfortably and securely over an existing tooth, the tooth will need to be shaped with a small drill, and usually reduced in size. Then patients bite into dental wax to create an impression of the tooth, and a dental laboratory uses that mold to make a custom crown – a process that may take a few weeks.
Until the crown is ready, you’ll receive a temporary crown to protect your reshaped tooth, and when the new crown is ready, you’ll return to the office for fitting and permanent crown attachment.
We Salvage When Possible
When a tooth is damaged yet salvageable, we always recommend restoring it, rather than extracting it. But if a tooth is considerably decayed, it may be unable to support a crown, making extraction and a bridge the more viable solution.
Costs and Payment Options
The cost of dental crowns and bridges varies, depending on factors such as underlying dental conditions that may need to be treated and the material used to make the prosthesis. Patients who have dental insurance may find that their insurance will cover at least some of the cost, if the crown or bridge is necessary for maintaining oral health.
We welcome any questions you may have about procedure costs and payment options and will do whatever we can to come up with solutions for you. Contact us today to learn more.